The present invention is directed to a system, method and instructions for handling path flow exception and finalization processing in an object oriented programming language. Initially, each instrumentation method is checked for a code to indicated an exception being thrown. A hook is inserted before the exception code and identifies the method throwing the exception. Methods must also be checked for exception tables. When an exception table is found, then a hook is inserted at the entry point of each exception handler for every entry in the exception table. This hook identifies the method which catches the exception.